NICHOLAS E. DAVIES, M.D.
To the editor: The editorial on exercise and aging by Larson and Bruce ( 1 ) in the November issue reminded me of the definition of dawn in The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (2), published in 1911.
Dawn-The time when men of reason go to bed. Certain old men prefer to arise at about this time, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and
DAVIES NE. Exercise and Aging. Ann Intern Med. ;106:483. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-483_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):483.
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